Athletics Ontario Race Directors Summit

On Saturday January 20th, 2018, the Ontario Roadrunners of Athletics Ontario will be hosting a Race Directors Summit at Acme Works, in Toronto.

Register: click here

The schedule for the day will be as follows:


7:00 am: Optional group run (Details TBA), post run snacks

8:45 am – 9:00 am: Registration

9:00 am – 9:15 am: Welcome

Emcee: Steve Fleck

Steve Fleck – (Race and Event Announcer) 

Steve Fleck is one of the leading Endurance Sports Race/Event Announcers in North America. Each year he is on the Microphone at over 35 running, cycling and triathlon races. He’s also an in-demand Commentator in the fast growing Live Streaming Sports webcasting business, for running, and cycling races – working closely with both Athletics Canada and Cycling Canada in this area. He’s been involved in running, triathlon and cycling in one way or another since his mid-teens, as a participant/competitor and in business. He lives in Aurora, Ontario with his wife, and their dog Gravy!

9:15 am – 10:00 am:

Topic: Building a Medical Infrastructure- from Budget to Deployment

Chris Troyanos, ATC  (Boston Marathon Medical Coordinator) Executive Director International Institute for Race Medicine

Founder and President of Sports Medicine Consultants, Chris Troyanos is a successful entrepreneur who has served as the Medical Director and Coordinator for a number of large-scale athletic events. As the Medical Coordinator to the Boston Athletic Association, he has been the architect for the Boston Marathon medical program for the past 30 years.

He has over 30 years of experience when it comes to the medical care, logistics, and public safety needs for several endurance events. He is a sought-after lecturer on the subject of health care for large-scale athletic events, and has extensive experience working with local, state and federal agencies as it relates to mass casualty concerns for major marathons.

He has been the primary liaison to the various cities and towns supporting the Boston Marathon medical needs.  His ability to bring people together and forge relationships has truly allowed many competing agencies to act as one during this historic marathon.

Chris has also taken on the role of Executive Director for the International Institute for Race Medicine.  He leads an international group of medical directors that are working to improve the safety for all road race participants.

Dr. Lowell Greib MSc ND CISSN

Dr. Lowell Greib is the CEO of The SportLab – a sports medicine clinic committed to improving sport performance of athletes and active individuals through the delivery of Sport Therapy and Sport Nutrition.

With almost 30 years of in emergency services, Dr. Greib is positioned uniquely in sporting event medicine with his background in communications, medical delivery, and sport participation. Prior to his medical training, Dr. Greib held a position as an ACO with Central Ambulance Communications Centers. Here, he had the opportunity to acquire hands on experience in the management and coordination of communications for mass-gathering events and planning for catastrophic incidents.

Dr. Greib received his medical diploma at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine where he founded and supervised the Sports Medicine program. To this day, hands-on, field medicine opportunities with Dr. Greib are part of the clinical training of these professionals.

Over the past decade, Dr. Greib has coordinated and planned medical logistics and delivery in numerous sporting events, including the Toronto Marathon and The Limberlost Challenge.

Lowell is also a competitive masters marathon runner, holds a sub-3 hour PR and has raced the Boston Marathon twice.

10:00 am – 10:45 am:
Topic: Event Risk Management (broad scope), Post event management follow up
Jason E. Robinson, Associate (Sport Law & Strategy Group)

Jason Robinson is an Associate with the Sport Law & Strategy Group, specializing in event risk management and sponsorship. He is well-known for hosting world-class events with a strong focus on attention to detail and a safe participant experience. Examples include various professional sport events as well as the 24 Hours of Adrenalin Mountain Bike Racing Series, the 2013 World U23 Ultimate Championships, and the 2017 Men’s U23 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships. Jason has previously conducted an event risk management audit for MEC running races and he recently attended the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon as a guest risk observer – you can read his blog about it here. Jason is an experienced race runner and former cross country champion. You can contact Jason at and follow him on Twitter @sportarchitect

10:45 am – 11:00 am: Break

11:00 am – 11:30 am:          

Topic: Creating partnerships and event sponsorship

Kris Mychasiw, Montreal

Kris Mychasiw is the managing partner at Sprint Management, a Montreal based sports marketing and management organization. Over his 15 year tenure with the company, he has brought more than 10 million dollars in endorsements for athletes and sports properties in Canada.  He is well known for his outside of the box thinking to create value for partners and clients and has been one of the driving forces behind commercializing the Beer Mile.

Further to his work with Sprint, Kris is also the Executive Director of the Bruny Surin Foundation, where he also serves as Race Director for Le Demi-Marathon Oasis de Blainville, a family-based Halloween-themed road race on October 28th. If you like to stay involved in the latest sports & business gossip, follow me on Twitter @Mychasiw

11:30 am – 12:15 pm:

Topic: Effective event marketing and social media outreach 

Alex Vander Hoeven (Race Roster, Toronto)

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm:


1:00 pm – 1:30 pm:              

Topic:Case Study for your best practices to grow your event

Peter Donato – (My Next Race, Road Race Results, Good Times Running)

Peter has been an active runner, volunteer and Race Promoter for 15 years and was one of the first employees at the Canada Running Series.  He started All Sports Marketing out of a friend’s garage in 2003 and never looked back.  Today he is the owner and operator of both and Road Race and decided six years ago to try his hand at the title Race Director, which includes the brand Good Times Running Inc.  His topic will focus on Small Races (under 1000 attendees) that want to think like Big Races, and he’ll share some tips and suggestions on how to make the transition from a small, local race to a larger, regionally successful event.

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm: 

(Breakout Trail Event logistics)  TBA

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm:

Topics: “Challenging” Traditional Road Racing: New Markets & Opportunities. 

Using examples from Canada Army Run’s new distance challenges, this open discussion focuses on creating unique experiences around your event, and how to engage with a new type of participant.

Jeff Moyle (Army Run, Ottawa)

Jeff Moyle is the Deputy Race Director of Canada Army Run. Bringing 15 years of personal running experience to the sport, he works to bring experiences that he wants to see as a runner first. He created the Barrie Half Marathon, and has worked alongside races of all types, ranging from triathlons to OCR’s.

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm:  

Topic: Absolute essential components of race management

Charlotte Brookes, (Race Director – Canada Running Series)

Since 2012, Charlotte Brookes has been the Event Director for the Canada Running Series. She is responsible for organizing and managing the entire event for the 5 CRS East races, which include the IAAF Gold Label Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. To successfully manage the event, her main focus and role on race day is Emergency Management, Crisis Communication and Event Dispatchers through their Event Command Centres.  Most recently, she received the Industry Leader Under 40 Award from the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security at the National Sports Safety Conference in July 2017.

Alan Brookes (Race Director – Canada Running Series)

Alan Brookes first organized a race in 1983 while he was a history professor at the University of Guelph. In 1987, he began to pursue a full-time career as a race director. Alan was also a competitive club runner in his own right, with a best time of 2:34 for a full marathon.

In 1990, he founded the Coors Light Running Series, a six-pack of races in Downtown Toronto combining international-class athletics with community fundraising. In 1999, events in Vancouver and Montreal were added to form the Canada Running Series/Circuit du Canada. The series finale, the Coors Light Toronto Half-Marathon, eventually evolved into the prestigious International Association of Athletics Federations Gold Label Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and Half-Marathon, attracting 26,000 runners annually. In 2015, he and his team, were commissioned to organize the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games marathons and race walks. In 2016 he was inducted into the Toronto Sport Hall of Honour as a builder.

Alan’s driving mission is “building community through running,” a principle he implements through the twin pillars of organization and innovation. Alan is a tireless champion of distance running and a committed community worker.

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm: Break

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm:

Topic: Volunteer Recruitment and Retention

Erin Roza (Volunteer and Charity Program Manager – Canada Running Series)

Erin has been managing volunteers in the arts, sports, and recreation industries for over 10 years, the last four and a half with Canada Running Series. Her focus has been on the volunteer experience, not only meeting but exceeding their expectations, providing more than just “hours,” and creating a volunteer community. Erin will lead a discussion on strategies for successful recruitment and retention.

3:45 pm – 4:15 pm: 

Topic: AC/AO the growing involvement in providing key resources to the entire running community including road and trail races, participants and race directors.

John Lofranco (Athletics Canada, Montreal),

Sheryl Preston (Road Running Coordinator, Athletics Ontario)

Ross Ste-Croix (Executive Director, Athletics Ontario)

4:15 pm – ~5:00 pm:

Open Discussion/forum


~5:00 pm – 7:00 pm:

“Continue the discussion” over a cocktail, or two.


VenueAcme Works
229 Niagara Street
Toronto, Ontario
M6J 2L5

Ample parking will be available, some is free and some is paid.

Price: $75 (Before January 1st)
$85 (After January 1st, 2018)

Price includes:
– Optional morning group run
– Morning snacks
– Full lunch
– Afternoon snacks
– Cocktail hour

Updates will also be provided in the Facebook event.


Upcoming Coach and Technical Leadership Workshops

Coach to Leader Challenging Conversations

January 9-10, 2018

Presenter: Garry Watanabe, Performance Coaching

Early Bird Fee: $150 + tax 
Early Bird Ends December 20, 2017 

Standard Fee: $250 + tax 
Standard Fee begins December 21, 2017


Technical Leadership Workshops: Managing Risk & Budgeting and Financial

January 16, 2018 

Module 1: Managing Risk
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Module 2: Budgeting and Financial Statements 
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Paul Varian, Capitis Consulting

Early Bird Fee: Both Modules for $50 + tax
Early Bird ends December 20th, 2017 

Standard Fee: Both Modules for $75 + tax 
Standard Fees begin December 21st, 2017 


You can find more information here.


AO Announces Partnership with Merit Travel

We would like to welcome Merit Travel as part of the Athletics Ontario family!

Merit Travel has been carefully selected as a preferred partner to Athletics Ontario. This appointment means that Athletics Ontario members will now have access to exclusive travel services catered to any need.  Athletics Ontario members will benefit from experienced travel consultation and professional travel management solutions for all individual and Athletics Ontario-sanctioned domestic and international trips. Through direct phone and e-mail contact, members will be able to reach Athletics Ontario-dedicated travel consultants ready to service individual, team, and family travel. Enjoy unique value benefits, travel discounts with select tour operators, and the peace of mind that comes with Merit Travel’s 24/7 emergency travel support.

Merit Travel Consultants will do everything they can to surpass your travel needs and ensure your planning and trip experience is flawless. To contact Jennifer Nash, the Merit Travel Consultant dedicated for Athletics Ontario members, call 1-866-341-1777 x2326, or visit for more information.


Brittany Crew Breaks National and Provincial Indoor Shot put Record

This weekend, at the Annual York University Christmas Open, Brittany Crew set a new record! Her throw of 18.16m set both a provincial and national indoor record. The previous Canadian record holder was Julie Labonté, with a throw of 18.01m. She also broke her own Senior and Espoir provincial record which she set earlier this year, throwing 17.93m.

You can see the throw here:


Congratulations again, to Brittany, on an amazing performance!


Quest for Gold Update

We apologize to anyone who is waiting on the Quest for Gold criteria and applications for 2017/2018. The criteria are being finalized and once this is complete, we will make them available and share the application for everyone who is interested in applying.

We apologize for the delay and we are working to get the information to you as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact Kolton Kowalchuk, High Performance Manager, by email ( or by phone: 647-352-7210.

All additional information is available on our Quest for Gold webpage.


Canadian Cross Country Championships

This weekend, thousands of athletes and their families traveled to Kingston, ON to compete in the Canadian Cross-Country Championships. We’d like to congratulate all of our athletes who took part in their respective races. As a province, our athletes were fantastic. Team Ontario finished first in three age categories (Youth Girls, Junior Women, and Youth Boys), second in two (Senior Women, Junior Men) and third in the Senior Men’s category. Those results can be found here: WomenMen

You can find the full list of results here.
Check out some our top finishers:

Youth Boys:

Campbell Lee (Niagara Olympic Club) – Gold, 19:05.5
Joshua Zelek (Huron-Perth Wind) – Silver, 19:07.1

Youth Girls:

Aleksa Gold (Central Toronto Athletic Club) – Silver, 14:25.5

Junior Men:

Braydon Clarke (Speed River T&F Club) – Silver, 25:19.9
Max Turek (Durham Dragons Athletics) – Bronze, 25:21.2

Junior Women:

Brogan MacDougall (Physi-Kult Kingston) – Gold, 20:50.9

Senior Men:

Eric Gillis (Speed River T&F Club) – Silver, 30:41.7

Senior Women:

Claire Sumner (Physi-Kult Kingston) – Gold, 34:48.9

Ontario Masters Association 

Overall Results:

1 – Michael Gill (40), Lions Valley Athletics. Time: 27:12.0

2 – Nick Croker (32), Black Lungs Toronto. Time: 27:32.8

3 – Predrag Mladenovic, Unattached (45). Time: 27:40.5

Click here for the rest of the overall OMA results.

Age Graded Results: click here.


Photos courtesy of Athletics Canada.


2018 Club, Athlete, Coach, and Official Membership Renewal

On December 1, 2017, we will be opening up our membership renewal and registration process to our clubs. We need to allow Clubs to renew their membership prior to athlete, coach, and officials registration.

On December 5, 2017, registration will then open up for everybody else (athletes, coaches, officials, etc.). We are in the process of updating our Registration information page with new downloadable forms and will provide the 2018 versions when they are completed. We will update this post when the forms have been updated.

Please see the following:

Click here to renew your membership now (This will only work after Dec. 1 for Clubs/Dec. 5 for everyone else).

2018 Membership Fee Schedule

2018 Club Renewal Information

2018 Athletics Ontario Power of Attorney Form

If you have any questions about this process, you can contact the office via phone: 647-352-7214, or email:


Team Ontario Athletes Selected for Canadian Cross Country Championships

We are excited to announce the athletes who have been selected to represent Team Ontario at the Canadian Cross Country Championships this weekend on Saturday November 25, in Kingston ON. Join us in wishing these, and all of our other Ontario athletes, the best of luck at the Championship!

Athletics Canada is offering a live stream for those who are unable to attend the event. Click here to go to the Athletics Canada TV page and view the stream.

The athletes are as follows:

Youth Women
Remy Cattell
Aleksa Gold
Eliza Jane Boston
Anna Workman
Tiana LoStracco
Maya Hannagan

Youth Men
Campbell Lee
Joshua Zelek
Evan Burke
Noah Costa
Mathew Lampard
Patrick Dean

Junior Women
Lilly Tuck
Zoe Burke
Hannah Russell
Jocelyn Chau
Cameron Ormond
Martha MacDonald

Junior Men
Edward Hayfron
Brad Sheeler
Cameron Circa
Nick Mota
Thomas Witkowicz
Max Turek

Senior Women
Natalia Hawthorn
Leslie Sexton
Laura Desjardins
Sasha Gollish
Julie-Anne Staelhi
Claire Sumner

Senior Men
Blair Morgan
Andrew Nixon
Kevin Blackney
Phil Parrot-Migas
Trevor Hofbauer
Bonsa Gonfa


2017 AO Cross Country Championship

This past weekend we hosted our annual Cross Country Championship at Morrison Meadows in Bracebridge, ON. We saw nearly 900 athletes come out and compete for medals despite the wet and slippery conditions. The day kicked off with the Ontario Masters 5km race, where we saw athletes aged 35-85 years competing against one another. This was followed by our bantam, midget, youth, junior and senior men and women’s divisions, as well as a community run which took place mid-day and was open to anyone.

We want to give special thanks to our hosts, Muskoka Algonquin Runners, FITT Events, and Morrison Meadows for having us, we could not have put on the event without the use the of their facility. Additionally, a thank you to the officials and volunteers, as such an event could not take place without their support. Lastly, we want to thank the clubs, for training and providing us with such talented athletes who were eager to compete.

We would also like to extend congratulations to the Newmarket Huskies Track Club for winning the overall Cross Country Club Champion title. The full list of results can be found here.


We are continuing to take feedback on all our championships. Please take the time to complete the following survey: The Survey will be available to complete until November 26th. 


Following are the medalists for each age division:



Gold – Christian Barida, University of Toronto Track Club

Silver – Badhasa Abbas, University of Toronto Track Club

Bronze – Heath McAllister, London Runners Distance Club


Gold – Aysia Maurice, 310 Running

Silver – Lexy Rivard, Central Toronto Athletic Club

Bronze – Elizabeth White, Central Toronto Athletic Club




Gold – Mathew Lampard, Central Toronto Athletic Club

Silver – Dakota Goguen, Newmarket Huskies

Bronze – Liam McKelvey, University of Toronto Track Club


Gold – Cassandra Williamson, The Gazelles

Silver – Abby Ylipahkala, Newmarket Huskies

Bronze – Sophie Coutts, Central Toronto Athletic Club




Gold – Nicholas Mota, Newmarket Huskies

Silver – Joshua Desouza, Newmarket Huskies

Bronze – Campbell Lee, Niagara Olympic Club


Gold – Jocelyn Chau, University of Toronto Track Club

Silver – Cameron Ormond, Newmarket Huskies

Bronze – Remy Cattell, Central Toronto Athletic Club




Gold – Paul Sagriff, Kingston Achilles

Silver – Edward Hayfron, Phoenix Athletics Association

Bronze – Brad Sheeler, London Western Track and Field Club


Gold – Lilly Tuck, Greater Uxbridge Road Runners

Silver – Zoe Burke, London Western Track and Field Club

Bronze – Hannah Russell, Greater Uxbridge Road Runners




Gold – Trevor Hofbauer, Speed River Track and Field Club

Silver – Andrew Nixon, Speed River Track and Field Club

Bronze – Bonsa Gonfa, Toronto Olympic Club


Gold – Natalia Hawthorn, Newmarket Huskies

Silver – Leslie Sexton, London Runners Distance Club

Bronze – Laura Desjardins, Newmarket Huskies




AO 2017 Cross Country Championship Preview

Get ready to run!

Our Annual Cross-Country Championship is taking place this Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Morrison Meadows in Bracebridge, ON. We have almost 900 athletes registered to compete on this beautiful course.

Important note regarding parking: Please take note that you can only do drop offs at the site of the Cross-Country Championships. Parking will be located just west of the championships by the JD Lang Activity Park. Shuttles will be available all day long to and from the Championship site.


We have some incredible talent coming to the meet, here are some athletes to watch for:

Christian Barida: University of Toronto Track and Field Club, Athletics Ontario winner of the Bantam Boys Long-Distance Athlete of the Year Category

Jocelyn Chau: University of Toronto Track and Field Club, Commonwealth Youth Games 1500m finalist

Sophie Coutts: Central Toronto Athletic Club, Finished 2nd in the Midget Girls category at the 2017 OFSAA Cross Country Championship

Joshua Desouza: Newmarket Huskies, Athletics Ontario award winner of the Youth Boys Distance Category, Silver in the 3000m at Commonwealth Youth Games

Anne Forsyth: Speed River Track & Field Club, Commonwealth Youth Games 1500m finalist

Dakota Goguen: Newmarket Huskies, Finished 3rd at the 2017 OFSAA Cross Country Championship

Abdullahi Hassan: Phoenix Athletics Association of Ontario, Athletics Ontario Award Winner for the Midget Boys Distance Category

Ed Hayfron: Phoenix Athletics Association of Ontario, Placed 6th in the Men’s Atlantic Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the 800m

Trevor Hofbauer: Speed River Track and Field Club, first Canadian man to finish the Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Marcus Kemp: Speed River Track & Field Club, 7th at Commonwealth Youth Games in the 1500m

Campbell Lee: Niagara Olympic Club, Finished 3rd at the OFSAA 2017 Cross Country Championship

Brogan McDougall: Physi-Kult Kingston, Bronze in the 3000m at Commonwealth Youth Games

Nicholas Mota: Newmarket Huskies, Finished 2nd in the OFSAA 2017 Cross Country Championship

Katie Newlove: Ottawa Lions T.F.C., Ontario, Finished 5th at OFSAA Cross Country 2017

Aurora Rynda: University of Toronto Track and Field Club, Commonwealth Youth Games Bronze medalist in the 800m

Leslie Sexton: London Runners Distance Club, first Canadian woman to finish the Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Kyle Smith: Blue Devils AC, Canadian record holder in the 4x800m, previous AO staff member

Thomas Witkowicz: University of Toronto Track and Field Club, Commonwealth Youth Games finalist in the 3000m


Additional Important Information

Please note the distances offered for the 2017 AO Cross Country Championship this year. Girls and Women will be offered slightly longer distances in our effort to get male and female distances equalized. Full details available in the technical package.
  • U14 Girls: 2 km
  • U16 Girls: 4 km
  • U18 Girls: 5 km
  • U20 Women: 6 km
  • 20+ Women: 8 km
There are no changes to boys/men distances.
Masters (30+) will run 5km.
Waivers: Clubs that have power of attorney may sign off for all of their athletes while others will need to sign off on their waiver when they pick up their bibs. Waiver forms can be found on the championship website.
Live Results during the meet can be found here.
There is NO PARKING on site at the race venue at 1177 Fraserburg Rd or along Fraserburg Rd.
Please park at JD Lang Activity Park (approx 1 km from venue) and take the shuttle bus. The shuttle bus will run continuously on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Round trip should be approx. 10 minutes.
Participant drop off on-site will be available when traffic conditions allow it. Please limit your drop off to 2 minutes max to avoid congestion.
No dogs are allowed on site at the race venue. Please leave your pets at home.
Hot food, bottled water, coffee and tea will be available on site.
Cash, credit cards and debit accepted.
Official XC Championships Merchandise
Long sleeve t-shirts $25
Hoodies $45
New Balance jackets $65
They can be personalized with your team name or nickname. Taxes extra.
From the South:
Follow HWY 11 North to Cedar Ln/Muskoka District Road 37 in Bracebridge. Take exit 184 from HWY 11 North.
Follow Cedar Ln to Fraserburg Rd/Muskoka District Road 14.
Shuttle Parking is on the left at JD Lang Activity Park before you cross HWY 11.
From the North:
Follow HWY 11 South to Taylor Rd/Muskoka District Road 42 in Bracebridge. Take exit 189 from HWY 11 South.
Turn Right on /Muskoka District Road 42.
At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Cedar Ln.
Follow Cedar Ln to Fraserburg Rd/Muskoka District Road 14.
Turn Left.
Follow Fraserburg Rd.
Shuttle Parking is on the left at JD Lang Activity Park before you cross HWY 11.
Page 2 of 103 12345...»